82 La Cuesta (Recently Sold)

Tucked in the heart of Orinda, in the exclusive Country Club neighborhood, this gem of a home feels like a country hideaway, yet is only minutes from downtown shopping, commute routes, and BART. Children attend sought-after Orinda schools, including Miramonte High School, in the top-rated district in California. The home is a spacious 2272 square feet, per assessor record. Meander past the inviting lawn and koi pond to the sheltered entry. Inside, a sun-drenched living room beckons, with floor to ceiling windows and a vaulted ceiling. The open floor plan is ideal for entertaining or family living. The dining area has greenhouse windows, to bring the outdoors in. The updated kitchen, with granite counters, recessed lighting, and Kitchenaid gas range, has French doors leading to the deck.

A spacious family room is also a sunny gathering place, with brick fireplace, built-in bookshelves, and large corner windows overlooking the garden. To capture the feel of a vacation in Italy, retreat to the charming solarium. With its high ceiling and bi-fold doors opening to the deck, this room has a verdant view of the trees and hills beyond. Completing the downstairs is the convenient laundry room with ample storage, and a compartmented bathroom with shower.

Upstairs are four light and airy bedrooms. The master has a hardwood floor, high beamed ceiling, large corner windows with views, and a spacious cedar-lined walk-in closet. Two more inviting bedrooms have views and unique character. The fourth bedroom, with built-in bookshelves, was created without permit. The updated bathroom has a tiled tub/shower combination.

This gorgeous half acre site has outdoor spaces for everyone, with patios, meandering walkways, vegetable gardens, and views. The deck is conveniently situated for barbeques and al fresco dining. The lower patio has a stone fireplace for chilly evenings. The upper stone patio offers the most spectacular views. The garden areas include raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, and roses. There is a charming separate studio with electric lighting, that could be an office or exercise room. The ample level areas offer the opportunity for play structures or gathering spaces from which to watch the sunset while sipping a glass of wine. In addition to the two car garage, there is a detached carport.

82 La Cuesta is a truly special property, to be enjoyed as is, with its unique charm and character, or to update and create a personalized romantic retreat. This lovely home lends itself beautifully to indoor/outdoor living, both for a growing family and for guests who will fall in love with this country retreat.

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